Pugh apologized in March for having "done something to upset the people." Earlier this month, Baltimore's city council called for Pugh to resign over the scandal.
The UMMS spokesman, Michael Schwartzberg, has said UMMS never had any Healthy Holly books, nor did it distribute books. Book distribution has been managed by Healthy Holly LLC.
Pugh recently returned $ 1
Also received about $ 114,000 from Kaiser Permanent for some 20,000 books from 2015 to 2018, according to the health care provider. Kaiser Permanente said it delivered the books to back-to-school fairs, elementary schools, communities of faith and early childhood education and care centers.
Additionally, Associated Black Charities, a public foundation that works to encourage healthier and more prosperous communities , said it spent approximately $ 80,000 between 2011 and 2016 to buy some 10,000 copies of Pugh's books – a project that was learned about while she was still a state senator.
This story is breaking and will be updated. 19659008] CNN's Devan Cole contributed to this report.